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Fear and Opposition

by Jason Nemrow last modified 2018-03-29 15:42

Society gives us some common advice: play things safe. Steve Jobs, near the end of his speech, says that you are already "naked", which is inherently unsafe.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

That percieved lack of safety is both frightening and liberating. It is liberating in a way that tells you to let go of your fear and do the heart-felt things that probably scare you.

Hopefully, you have not forgotten that this booklet is about following the road that leads to happiness and personal fulfillment! The biggest obstacle in our way forward is our own fear. It often comes down to a fear of how foolish we may look to others. The point of "following your heart" is to discount the "play it safe" attitudes and advice of other people who may ridicule your methods and call you a fool. Instead, we must listen to either the voice inside or God, whichever way you interpret the source. The Psychic Proximity Principle works best when you are able to let go of your fears.

Lest you think that the road of The Psychic Proximity Principle is all beauty and success, I am here to burst that bubble. Just as there is a large force for good and progress that we can call God, there is a force for mayhem and challenges which some equate with a Devil. Just as often as life seems to go our way, it also seems there will always be times that it feels like everything is against us and we can't seem to catch a break. Welcome to the truth of opposition.

When we first spoke of weak magnetism, I noted how unexciting and uneventful it would be if things worked like strong magnetism and we had some destiny that we couldn't avoid if we tried. We only realize and value happiness if it is regularly punctuated by sadness; we would not appreciate success if there was never the sting of failure. There will always be bad times to help us see and appreciate the good times!

I have found in my life, as I have tried to use the Psychic Proximity Principle, that inspiration comes not only as we seek and follow it, but also interrupted by stretches of relative quiet. Sometimes, as we are on the right road, no further "big instructions" from our heart will be forthcoming. We are somewhat left to ourselves, which is a growth experience just as important as opposition. We need to make our own choices and apply our own wisdom to the many circumstances where inspiration is not forthcoming. It appears that the "powers for good" don't want us to behave like puppets on strings! We are expected to make many decisions on our own and to face whatever opposition comes without clear internal guidance.

At these times, it is important to remember inspiration that came to you in the past and continue to follow it. There is good advice in recording impressions in some sort of journal and referring back to them often. Inspiration often acts like a demanding boss: they will only tell you something once or twice and then expect you to move forward without constant supervision and further reminders. It is expected that you will put forth most of the needed effort and organization yourself without the constant needling of reminders.

For myself, a large function of "religion" is to provide us books full of reminders, a place to go for regular encouragement, and the companionship of others on our same path who also endure stretches of opposition and "psychic" quiet. You can throw away religion just as readily as you can the Psychic Proximity Principle, but that would be purposely distancing yourself from a wonderful source of perserverance in the difficult times we each face. Personally, I take whatever help I can get!

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